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Ikat from East Sumba, Sumba, Indonesia

160 Sumba, East Sumba

Hinggi (men's blanket)  magnifiermicroscope

Origin: Sumba, East Sumba
Locale: Probably Kapunduk, may also be Rende.
Period: 1950-1960
Yarn: Cotton, hand-spun, fine, double-ply
Technique: Warp ikat
Panels: 2
Size: 132 x 240 cm (4' 3" x 7' 10")
Weight: 655 g (23.1 oz), 207 g/m2 (0.68 oz/ft2)
Design: Eleven patterned areas. Central band with patola ratu motif, three bands with animal motifs: horses, cocks and snakes. Widest ikat bands shows unusually large skull trees, andung, each festooned with twenty heads. Absence of kabakil border indicates that it was not meant to be used for attire, but for ceremonial use only.
Comment: An old hinggi with powerful design, rich, saturated tones, and fine weaving in double ply wheel spun cotton. Two tiny cuts, both less than one inch long, otherwise in excellent state of conservation, with strong colours. From old Dutch collection.
Background: Additional information in chapters on Sumba and East Sumba.
Exhibited: Museu do Oriente, Lisbon, 2014/15
Published: Peter ten Hoopen, Woven Languages, 2014
Compare: 027 171 015
Literature: Similar to hinggi from 1910 in Krefeld collection, depicted in Voelger & Von Welck, Indonesian Textiles, Fig. 152. Also similar to 19th C. hinggi with Kapunduk provenance, Van Ham Auction 366, Lot 2208: like treatment of the skulltree, rows of horses, but only seven ikated bands).
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